Ovum and IBM to Discuss Systems Engineering in Free Webinar

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 16 November, 2011 – Ovum Principal Analyst Tony Baer and IBM Program Director Dominic Tavassoli will hold a Coffee Break Chat tomorrow on systems engineering. The free hour-long webinar will begin at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET/18:00 GMT. Register now to hear the live or archived presentation.

Baer leads Ovum’s research on the application lifecycle for complex systems, middleware, and data integration. A noted authority on software development platforms and integration architecture for nearly 20 years, he began his career in manufacturing and product engineering.

Tavassoli has 20 years experience in systems engineering, advanced software development and delivery, and process improvement around CMMI, agile and application lifecycle management. He is working on solutions for smart products and cross-industry ecosystems that meet business requirements for innovation while achieving compliance, quality, and cost objectives.

The presentation will be moderated by Chris Ruoff, IEEE Computer Society senior manager for sales and channel development.

Baer and Tavassoli will discuss how the rapid pace of software innovation has placed great stress on the systems engineering process, and the professional roles, processes, and tooling that are deployed. Software-based product intelligence raises the degree of interdependence between mechanical, electrical, and logical design. Additionally, it places new stresses on supply chain-driven product segments that must balance supplier lead times with the need to leverage the rapid innovation of the high-tech sector.

The common thread is the need for a federated, loosely-coupled approach that addresses the needs of each product engineering discipline, while still ensuring that all players read from the same sheet of music. Baer and Tavossoli will discuss the challenges and solutions that product engineering organizations in the automotive, aerospace, defense, and electronics industries must address as they become more software-driven.

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